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 Posted: Thu Nov 17th, 2011 06:58 am
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I pretty much agree with most points already mentioned. But I do think the war in the east, indeed, determined the wars outcome.
The Union was pretty much destroying the Confederacy in the Western theater. That theater did gut the Southern ability to produce and supply it's armies.
However, the Army of Northern Virginia was a WINNING and viable force that NEEDED to be destroyed before the North could claim ultimate victory. (even if it were more symbolic than not)
On it's own the ANV certainly could not stand. Thus, the war in the west ultimately would have provided victory for the North on it's own.
But as long as the ANV fielded a fighting force the North would have to spend lives and treasury hunting General Lee and the ANV down.
Just my opinion.

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